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Linux is 20 years old!

April 8th, 2011 by

We have two birthdays this week!

While on April 6th GNOME 3 was born, another kid became 20 years old! The Linux Foundation celebrates the 20th anniversary of Linux with among other things a video contest. We already mentioned it but it’s now time to get those video’s to the Linux Foundation! (more…)

Linux Foundation 20th Anniversary of Linux Campaign and Video Contest

March 25th, 2011 by
vintage camera courtesy B. S. Wise

old school alternative

It’s the 20th Anniversary of Linux in August and the Linux Foundation is kicking off celebrations at The Collaboration Summit which takes place April 6-8, 2011 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. A highlight of the campaign is the annual Video Contest, which this year focuses on the 20 year celebration and will be judged by Linux Linus Torvalds himself.

The Linux Foundation has invited members and the community to create their own 20th anniversary videos in advance, which will be featured on the announcement date of April 6. Videos submitted early enough to be available during the first days of the contest will receive additional promotion by The Linux Foundation.

This is a fantastic opportunity for video makers in the openSUSE community to get some visibility for their work and their favorite distribution! (Not to mention showing off how easy it is to make awesome videos with openSUSE.)  So get started right away, and watch this space for details on how to submit your video.

Help the Project. Spread openSUSE DVDs!

February 18th, 2011 by

One of the easiest things to do to contribute to the free and open source movement and the openSUSE Project is to exercise your second free software freedom: The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.

To be able to do this comfortably the openSUSE Project, with the help of its sponsors, produces special promotional DVDs that contain live versions of both the KDE and GNOME desktops to try and which can also be used to install the a complete system. Those DVDs are perfect for introducing people to Linux and openSUSE. The openSUSE version included, 11.3, has all the qualities a newcomer wants. It’s a mature multi-purpose Linux operating system widespread among the free and open source software community for great user to user support. It comes with more with than 1,000 open source desktop applications, a full suite of server software and a rich selection of open source development tools.

So today the openSUSE Project would like to encourage you make use of your second free software freedom and help us to spread promo DVDs! It’s easy, think about where you could have the chance to spread them, then order them from us and do it. How about you putting them out in your local community centre, you give some to the computer science teacher of your daughter’s school or how about the guys that operate your university’s support desk? The clubhouse of your football club? The next concert or other event you attend or maybe on the toilet in your cousin’s bar? The internet café around the corner for sure! The possibilities are endless. If you think you know a place where people pick them up and try them, go for it! Helping us is as simple as ordering DVDs from us and going out to talk to the venues if you can leave a couple of them. You would be surprised how many people find a nice, shiny, green openSUSE DVD interesting enough to finally try this Linux thing they heard about so much on the internet.

So if you can think of anything just contact us about the amount you need (multiplies of 100 please) and where we need to send them. For this just send an email to

promodvds@opensuse.org

Don’t be shy about the amount, we don’t need to scrimp on them! If you think you can get spread 500 we’ll send you 500. Every DVD that is out there, is out there and might result in a new free and open source software and openSUSE user. This is the perfect opportunity to do something good for free and open source software and the openSUSE project, take it!

Update 2010-02-21: We received so many requests that we expect we have more requests than media, therefore please do not send further requests.

Winner of openSUSE 2010 survey got his Chumby!

December 30th, 2010 by
picture of a Chumby

The lucky winner now has a Chumby!

In February 2010 openSUSE held the openSUSE survey 2010 to find out more about the community. Who are the openSUSE users? What do they want? Who are our contributors? What motivates them? How can openSUSE improve? These questions and more have, to some extend, been answered by the over 27.000 participants in the three months the survey was live. Just before the end of the year we finally managed to get the winner of the Chumby his prize. Konrad Schlichtherle from Dortmund, Germany, is the lucky winner. Read on for more! (more…)

The first Marketing Collaboration days are over but more will come!

December 28th, 2010 by

On the 6th of December, the openSUSE marketing team held the first of three Collaboration Days. The goal of these days was to get on IRC together and get some tasks done. Each day was organized by a team of two volunteers who build up a list of possible task which on the day itself were to be picked up by the attendees.

Results

Before talking about the material results, an important note: while indeed it was great to get so many things done, the most important was something else. Working together like this was fun. Really, the team spirit was great and everyone involved deserves a big kudos for simply being such a great person! During the 24 hours that the event took, some members were online for a much longer time than you could expect anyone to stay – true dedication! The meetings really showed what the spirit of Free Software and openSUSE means – making a difference together. Because we made a difference. (more…)

Next Tuesday: Social Media Collaboration Day

December 17th, 2010 by

Last Monday the second Marketing Collaboration Day happened – with a focus on Marketing Materials. The moderators, Chuck Payne and Bryen Yunashko, would like to thank everyone who got involved for their hard work! It was a successful day with many items covered, added and expanded for openSUSE Marketing.

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openSUSE Collaboration thrives!

December 10th, 2010 by

Earlier this week, the openSUSE Marketing Team held the first of a series of Collaboration Days in December. This was, without a doubt, a success with many of our team members showing up as well as many newcomers offering to lend a hand.

Apparently not build in a day

Apparently not build in a day

The focus for the 6 December event was to review existing support materials for our Ambassadors. Moderated by Kostas Koudaras and Carlos Ribeiro, a variety of assignments were tackled, from a list that included booth design and organization, kits for Ambassadors, presentations, talking points, 2011 planning and much more. To be sure, not everything can be accomplished in one day. Heck, even Rome wasn’t built in a day! Still, this day was long – after all, we’re an international bunch, so there were a few more hours than usual :D

But the coolest thing was that at the end of the day people volunteered to take on the assignments that were not done and committed to finishing them! We’re confident that in the very near future, we’ll have just about everything on the list of last Monday will be finished. Koudras and Ribeiro are busy sorting out the “dones” and remaining to-dos and the results will be posted on the marketing wiki.

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openSUSE poster and Free Software Calendar 2011 with Linux Magazin

December 6th, 2010 by

Ladies and Gentlemen!

The Januari edition of the German Linux-Magazin this year will feature something this Magazine has not featured for almost 10 years: a Free Software Event calendar. Sponsored by SUSE, this calendar features many of the upcoming Free Software events in 2011 mingled with interesting tidbits about Linux and Unix history! While this geeky piece of paper (offering the date & time of events in unix time) is cool, the back offers an even more exciting layer of ink: Beer! Our very own Robert Lihm, openSUSE artist Extra-Ordinaire has taken a picture of the famous “Old Toad” beer, featured at the openSUSE conference. Uttering the infamous words “A good beer is a good beer”, he decided this would form a good foundation for a poster. Hence, everyone who gets his or her hands on this first 2011 edition of Linux-Magazin can use the back of this Calendar to show how much beer and openSUSE go together (read more about the beer).

The Linux-Magazin folks have also thought about those for whom German is not a first language – they have made an English translation of the Calendar and the graphics for both Calendar and Poster are available on the openSUSE wiki for re-print under liberal licensing terms – the magazine is for sale now, get it or just download and print the calendars and of course the awesome poster! For the poster we hope to have sources online soon, if you want them now, ask Robert Lihm!

Marketing Collaboration Days

December 2nd, 2010 by

The openSUSE Marketing Team is proud to host Collaboration Days during the month of December.  Each designated day, we will focus on a specifc area related to marketing.  The purpose of this is to get some work done on that topic to strengthen our ability to promote openSUSE to the world.

It is a day that is meant to be busy and productive for the team as well as an opportunity for non-team members to stop by and offer their perspectives and help out as we hack away.  As this is an open process, we encourage everyone to come join us, even if you are not directly related to openSUSE.  All perspectives are important and we welcome you all.

Planned Agenda:

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Marketing Team Meeting

October 5th, 2010 by

The monthly meeting of the openSUSE Marketing Team Meeting is held on the third Tuesday of each month at 15:00 UTC on Freenode IRC network, channel #openSUSE-Marketing.  All are welcome to join and participate.

To view the most current proposed agenda and further details, check the openSUSE wiki.